When you’re looking for your next big home improvement project, you won’t get better value than adding a sunroom to your home. The big bright windows and views out over your garden adds a sense of luxury no matter the size of your house, and the extra space can be used in such a wide variety of ways that you’ll have as much planning how to use your sunroom as you will actually being in the space. As an investment in your home, a sunroom represents incredible value for money. They are considerably cheaper and quicker to install than a full home extension while adding a whole room to your home’s footprint which instantly drives up the property value.
Choosing the Best Sunroom
However, it’s common knowledge that not all sunrooms are created equal. Here at Desert Sun Patios, our team of local experts will be able to work with you from the initial discussions to welcoming you to your new space. They will help you find the best sunroom for your home by helping you think through some hard decisions including how many seasons and the type of roof.
How many seasons?
The main decision that you’ll need to make at the start of the sunroom planning process is whether you want a three or four season sunroom. This will affect a series of further decisions down the line so you need to consider the benefits of each. A three season sunroom is designed to be used in spring, summer and autumn only, and as such doesn’t require connecting to your home’s heating and cooling system. It’s a cheaper project as the materials are designed to be less effective at insulation and more geared towards generating heat in the room. A four season sunroom is designed to be used year round so it requires hooking into your heating system. However, this makes it a much more permanent addition to your home, and the materials are better at insulating which will lower your heating costs during the cooler months.
Once you’ve made that choice, you will need to think about the overall structure. For many Calgary residents, the footprint will be dictated by local planning laws, but the choice over the roof style can give you extra space. The most popular sunroom roof choices in Calgary are an A frame (or gable) and a studio roof. As the name suggests, an A frame roof rises to a single roof line and will make your sunroom feel tall and majestic. However, this height can make it more expensive to heat and installing overhead lighting will be harder. A studio roof on the other hand connects to the roof of your home and slopes down to the furthest edge of your sunroom. This will give you a lower room profile, but this can make it perfect for skylights or a series of recessed overhead lights. They tend to be easier to heat as well.